“Don’t Touch the Stove!” “But Why mom?”

Proverbs 7:1-5 NLT

Follow my advice, my son;
always treasure my commands.
Obey my commands and live!
Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.
Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.

Love wisdom like a sister;
make insight a beloved member of your family.
Let them protect you from an affair with an immoral woman,
from listening to the flattery of a promiscuous woman.

Proverbs 7:1-5 ESV

My son, keep my words
and treasure up my commandments with you;
keep my commandments and live;
keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and call insight your intimate friend,
to keep you from the forbidden woman,
from the adulteress with her smooth words.

To sum it up. Obey God’s commandments and keep reminding yourself of God’s law so that you do not disobey it!

Some of us fall into the routine of sin because we know Christ will forgive us of our sins and we see no point in following the Law. If Christ will forgive us, why can’t we just live life our way? What’s the big deal?

Let’s look at the Sabbath day for just a second. It was created not so that we have another law to follow, but for our own good. It is there to keep us from overworking ourselves. We all know when we begin to work hard, giving ourselves no break, we wear out physically, and quickly after that, mentally. It quickly tears us down. So God gave us the Sabbath day so that we can rest from the world and give ourselves a break. It was a commandment given for our own benefit.

I believe the same is true for all of the commandments. We may not always understand why, but we have to remember not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). It is like when a parent tells their child, “Don’t touch the stove!” Parents aren’t telling their children not to touch the stove because they want to abuse their power, they tell their children that because they know if the child touches the stove, their hand is going to burn. The parents are protecting the child from danger the child is not aware of.  As children grow older, parents enforce the “Be back before curfew” rule. Parents don’t tell their children that because they just want to make their kids miss out on “all the fun” it’s because parents are aware of the danger of being out at night. Teenagers aren’t always going to understand that a parents rule is only there for their own protection.

The same is with the commandments, it is all there for our own protection. Take some time for yourself and go through each of the commandments and think about the possible things God is protecting you from with each of them. Challenge yourself.

Constantly remind yourself of all of God’s Laws. They are there for your purpose. To fall in one area of the Law, is to fall in all areas.

Lastly, don’t forget God’s greatest Law for you.

Matthew 22:36-40 NLT

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

To anyone that noticed. I changed the bible translations from NIV and KJV to NLT and ESV. I did so to give an easier to read translation as well as a more literal translation to make studying the verses easier for everyone.


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